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Trust and Reciprocity Drive Social Common Goods Contribution Norms

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Title:Trust and Reciprocity Drive Social Common Goods Contribution Norms
Authors:Puaschunder, Julia M.
Keywords:Common goods game
Common goals compliance
Tax ethics
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Tax Psychology
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Date Issued:01 Sep 2017
Abstract:In the emergent field of tax psychology, the focus on regulating tax evasion recently shifted towards searching for situational cues that elicit common goals compliance. Trust and reciprocity are argued to steer a socially-favorable environment that supports social tax ethics norms. Experiments, in which 256 participants played an economic trust game followed by a common goods game, found evidence for trust and reciprocity leading to individuals contributing to common goals. The more trust and reciprocity was practiced and experienced, the more common goals were supported – leveraging trust and reciprocity as interesting tax compliance antecedents. The results have widespread implications for governmental-citizen relations. Policy makers and public servants are advised to establish a service-oriented customer atmosphere with citizens breeding trust and reciprocity in order to reach common societal goals.
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